Covid-19 has been a living hell for me because my husband has vascular dementia. Most of the time he thinks nothing is wrong with him, and can still engage in small talk with others most days. But NOBODY in our entire neighborhood is social distancing, never mind wearing masks, even though the virus has gained a foothold in our county. My husband has so many underlying conditions, that the virus would most certainly be fatal to him.
But I'm terrified of catching coronavirus myself - I may be healthier and younger, but I have my own health concerns and a TON of constant unrelenting stress as a caregiver. It's very hard to get my husband to wash his hands (once or twice a day he might pass them under a dribble of water at my insistence). Worse, yesterday he stood within six feet of a deliveryman (who also had no mask) and had been chatting for 20 minutes until I discovered the situation. My husband thinks I'm making a fuss over nothing and dismisses my concerns. I can't control everything. How do I keep myself safe AND stay sane?